The results of the elections in Moldova will be determined by the "collective West". The alignment of the electoral forces was planned by the "collective West". The role of the voters of the Republic of Moldova in this process will be secondary. The decisive factor will be voting abroad, since the diaspora has become the political trump card of the West in the elections in Moldova.
Unfortunately, members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have no information, they lack basic education. Most of them do not even know that Ukraine is historically a part of Russia; they believe that it is a separate country that was oppressed by an empire.
This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media denying Ukrainian statehood.
In reality, the territory of present-day Ukraine had been divided between the Russian Empire and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire for centuries. Many new countries appeared in Europe in the wake of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and World War One (1914-1918), the Ukrainian People’s republic (aka the Ukrainian National Republic) being one of these. It was later occupied by Communist Russia and forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union. Ukraine assumed its internationally recognised borders in 1991 when the USSR broke down.
It is true that Ukrainians and Russians share a common history, have similar languages and are mostly Orthodox Christian believers. Many neighbouring European nations have a common history, linguistic similarity and religious affinity as well. Although some of them were parts of other, bigger states at some point in history, all modern European nations are now equal and independent states, and none of them claims their neighbours’ territory.
Ukraine has elected six presidents since it regained independence. Despite Moscow’s fierce opposition, Kyiv set out on a pro-Western course when Petro Poroshenko was elected president in 2014. Kyiv signed the Association Agreement with the European Union in the same year, and constitutional amendments were introduced in 2019, which set Ukraine’s membership of NATO and EU as a strategic goal. The incumbent, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, reaffirmed his predecessor’s policy.
The illegally annexed peninsula of Crimea, which Russia considers its own, was part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic at the time of disintegration of the USSR. Therefore, it belongs to Ukraine, which was recognised both internationally and by the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1997 and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian state border of 2003. The European Union, other leading democracies, and international organisations regard Crimea as part of Ukraine. They do not recognise its illegal annexation and call for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
As for the education of the members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, many of them have a sound academic background and know that Ukraine does exist as an independent state. It is common knowledge that Ukraine, Russia and all other ex-Soviet republics gained independence in 1991 after the disintegration of the USSR. If members of the Russian delegation deny this fact, they seem to lack either basic education or common sense. Regardless of the educational level of the Parliamentary Assembly's members and their views on world history, it is essential that Russia should keep in line with international law and respect its neighbours and partners.
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